Welcome to the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education! 

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For more information and special accomodations at our in person reach out to DSPS at this email. You can review De Anza's Web Accessibility info page.

The Equity Office is part of De Anza's EE & E Logoquity and Engagement Division. We are committed to the college's Student Equity Plan for 2019-2022.   

Office of Equity Mission Statement  

The Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education promotes — through programs and services — an academic, cultural and social environment that provides equity, social justice and academic success for all members of the De Anza College campus community. It supports the district and college missions, which consider diversity an essential component of student education in the 21st century.

The Equity Office takes this charge seriously. We have expanded our mission of fostering a climate of healthy diversity that values individual and group differences and respects the perspectives of others by working to eliminate institutional oppression or barriers that perpetuate inequity, injustice, and mono-cultural education.

Upcoming Events

Asha - Artist in Residence 2023

Asha holding her hat


ASHA is a queer, disabled, multidisciplinary artist, abolitionist educator, and child of the East African Desi diaspora currently located in the Bay Area of California. She has been featured on the cover of Content Magazine, KQED Arts, and many of the prominent poetry events in the Bay Area, as well as an active speaker, emcee, and performer at numerous rallies and marches for civil and human rights. Her Tedx tells her own personal story of identity through poetry. She published Crawling in my Skin in 2019, a Kafkaesque exploration of the mind and mental health through the metaphor of ants, which was featured by Brown Girl Mag in 2021, and her latest book release, Not Your Masi’s Generation, a memoir-like workbook that tackles mental health and healing from intergenerational trauma. Currently she is using the book to run workshops with students in order to support their emotional learning and build the bridge between academics, the arts, and mental health.

ASHA was a public-school teacher for the last 10 years in the bay area. She trains teachers throughout California on educational equity, policy and healing. Her dream is to establish her own K-12 center for education rooted in restorative practices, art, and social justice-based standards. ASHA consistently uses her platform to voice out against injustice and to speak up for those who have been marginalized and silenced for centuries.

Visual Art Exhibit

Evening Hours: May 9th and May 18th [6-9pm]

Closing Reception: May 25th [ 5-7pm]  @ California History Center 

Asha Visual Art Exhibit Poster

Queer and Now Conference

June 6th, 2023 at 11am -4pm

Conference Room A + B | Hinson Campus Center 

Format in Person

Contact Jamie Pelusi

This is in person event centering the voices and experiences of our queer   identified students and colleagues while being inspired by motivating  speakers and creative performances. 

Pride Center Logo Maroon

Equity Champion Awards

This year's event will celebrate the theme "Onward Together 
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Format- In Person 
Conference Room A + B 

For More Information: EquityOffice@deanza.edu

Learn more about the awards winners in the 2023 Equity Champion Awards website.

For Special Accommodations, please reach out to Adriana Garcia at garciaadriana@deanza.edu

About the Equity Action Council: It is a shared governance body that helps facilitate campus- wide development and support, engagement, implementation of programs, evaluations, policies and procedures that are in line with De Anza College's vision of equity, social justice, and multicultural education. The Council helps meet the goals and objectives of equity at De Anza and in particular, the Equity Office. 

Diwali Orientation and Recruitment 

Wednesay, May 3, 2023 at 1:30-2:30pm @ Office of Equity

diwali orientation and recruitment

The Diwali Planning Committee had a great activity last week for the annual Diwali event happening in the Fall quarter by hosting an orientation and recruitment event. There was about 40-50 staff, students and faculty who attended and signed up to serve in a committee. If you are interested, please sign up at diwali@fhda.edu.

We are looking at late October 2023 for this great cultural event hosted by our Southeast Asian colleagues and allies. 

Standing Against Racism

Find Resources here

Black Lives Matter

Please reach out to our colleagues at BFSA via email bfsa@deanza.edu for expressions of solidarity.

You can donate to the following accounts for financial support.

  • Tyre Nichols Memorial (LINK)
  • Keenan Anderson Memorial (LINK)

Get Involved

On Campus: African American Studies, Students UMOJA, Black Student Union, and with our colleagues BFSA -Black Faculty, Staff, Association, Men of Color

Community: Movement for BLMWhite-Allies SURJ, Asian Allies _People's Movement for Justice and Liberation 

For other upcoming Heritage Months...

Please reach out to the affinity groups, DALA (Raza History Month), APASA for Diwali, Filipinx Studies (Filipino American History Month), the Land Acknowledgment working committee (Indigenous Peoples Day and Thankstaken), BFSA, and the LGBTQ Affinity Group or Pride Center

Muwekma Tribe - Call to Action


Learn Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and Partnering Up For a Brighter Future w/POST 

Donate Muwekma Foundation and  Help Restore Federal Recognition to Muwekma and COVID Relief Fund

ActSign the petition urging California's legislators to pass the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe resolution SJR 13 and Sign the Muwekma Letter to RESTORE FEDERAL RECOGNITION Back to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Region

De Anza 22-23 Multicultural Calendars

The De Anza Heritage Month Workgroup creates and maintains resources for the multicultural calendars. For more information review:

To promote your multicultural events on our website and/or arrange accommodations for events, send information/requests to equityoffice@deanza.edu. To provide updates/feedback about the calendars contact the Heritage Month Co-Chairs Lee and Ron.

Additional Information at: https://tinyurl.com/DAHeritage

Learn More about the Tamien Nation

The Tamien Nation is indigenous to Santa Clara County and De Anza College lands; watch a video of a presentation by their Chairwoman to learn more.

 Video Source: Santa Clara University's Archives and Special Collections "Voices from the Aboriginal Homeland: The History of the Tamien Nation" with featured speaker Quirina Luna Geary, Enrolled Citizen and Chairwoman of the Tamien Nation (January 25, 2022)

Learn more at: https://www.tamien.org/

The Race in Racial Equity Workshop and Interactive Activities

In AY 21-22 we started an exploration of individual and collective definitions of Equity and Equality. In AY 22-23 we are turning our attention to the race in racial equity. If you missed the workshop, check out the video and interactive activities for equity practitioners, students, and community members that are posted at the resource site. The interactive activites are resources for unpacking the hidden, unspoken, unexamined, and pervasive philosophies/ideologies of race, racism, and racial equity that shape our educational practices and policies. 

Race Ideologies Resource Site: https://tinyurl.com/RaceIdeologiesResources

Racelessness Learning Community

The video recording of our amazing and informative workshop with Dr. Sheena Mason from District Opening Day will post in the coming weeks. All District employees are invited to join us for the soon to launch Racelessness Learning Community with Dr. Sheena Mason.  

Bookmark the learning community page at:  https://www.tinyurl.com/FHDARacelessness 

 More Opportunities to Learn

For the latest information about workshops and opportunities to learn with  Dr. Tabia Lee, Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education visit Dr. Lee's website

Stop Asian Hate

More Resources Against Racism

On-Demand Jewish Inclusion & Anti-Semitism Community Education

In Winter 2022  a virtual summit was hosted to center Jewish Inclusion at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise locally and globally. The Jewish Inclusion and Anti-Semitism Community Education Summit topics included: Defining Anti-Semitism, Protecting Freedom of Expression in the Face of Rising Intolerance, Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus, Intersectional Identities: Diverse Voices from the Jewish Community, and Forgotten Refugees: The Mass Exodus of Jews from Arab Countries and Iran in the 20th Century. We are most thankful to the community advisors and panelists who made the summit a great success!

Please visit the Summit website to review the event recordings and explore the resources to extend the learning: https://tinyurl.com/DeAnzaJewishInclusion 

For more information contact: Dr. Tabia Lee, Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education

2021 Event Recordings 

Watch some of our previous events for Equity inspiration.

Districtwide Professional Development

Dr Joy DeGruy: The Conversation Continues

See the source imageIn April 2021, the district held the third event in a series of conversations with Dr. Joy DeGruy to deepen our understanding of the effects of institutional racism, discrimination, and marginalization, and steps we can take within our district to become a more equitable learning and work environment. here is this recommended self directed study for this event. Check out her YouTube Channel

For More Informaiton: Pat Hylan HylandPat@deanza.edu.


To continue exploring and studying Dr. DeGruy's work, please visit this Foothill-De Anza LibGuide: An Introduction to Dr. Joy DeGruy and Anti-Racism

For more information, please send an email to Keri Kirkpatrick kirkpatrickkeri@fhda.edu 

Stop Asian Hate

  • Stop AAPI Hate: You can report incidents of aggression, racial profiling, and violence here in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council created this reporting center.
  • In this historic year of cultural shifts, we invite you to align to the core values of equity and social justice. We have opportunities to be upstanders and we can learn from these Educational Resources on Anti-Asian Scapegoating created by the Asian American Studies department.

More Resources Against Racism

We Stand by Our International Students at De Anza

Equity and Justice Resources

What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!

Please see our Conceptual Framework visual, explore our website regarding Guiding Assumption and Core Values and equity resources as well as student resources during this online learning experience. Check out these webpages, too:

Stay Connected!

All of us in the academy and in the culture as a whole are called to renew our minds if we are to transform educational institutions-and society-so that the way we live, teach, and work can reflect our joy in cultural diversity, our passion for justice, and our love of freedom.

- bell hooks, scholar
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